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Japan ferry burning off coast, passengers evacuated: Reports

Toukyo - Dozens of passengers were evacuated from a ferry off the coast of northern Japan on Friday after a fire broke out, but one crew member was missing, officials and local media said.

U.S. spied on Japan government, companies: WikiLeaks

Toukyo - The US spied on Japanese politicians, its top central banker and major firms including conglomerate Mitsubishi, according to documents released by WikiLeaks on Friday, in the latest revelation about Washington's snooping on allies.

China shows off victory over Japan logo

Bejing - China on Monday unveiled its official logo for the forthcoming commemorations of victory over Japan 70 years ago, invoking both peace in the form of doves and robust nationalism with Communist colours and imagery of the Great Wall.

Three dead as small plane crashes into Tokyo suburb

Toukyo - Three people were killed Sunday when a small plane crashed into a Tokyo suburb shortly after takeoff, leaving nearby homes and cars ablaze and the charred remains of the fuselage lying in a burnt-out residence.

Who is committing those crimes? The Japanese elderly

Older people are more settled with a lower predilection to committing crimes, whereas young tearaways will seize the opportunity to rob. Detonate that stereotype. In Japan, older people are now committing more crimes.

U.S. anthrax samples shipped to dozens of labs in past decade: Report

Washington - The US military shipped live anthrax samples to dozens of facilities in the country and to seven other nations over the past decade, a government report found Thursday, blaming faulty specimen killing and poor testing.

Rocket carrying Russian, Japanese, US crew docks with ISS

Baikonur - Astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States Thursday docked successfully with the International Space Station under six hours after they launched, NASA television showed.

Soyuz rocket with three astronauts launches towards ISS after delay

Baikonur - Three astronauts aboard a Soyuz spacecraft successfully launched towards the International Space Station on Thursday after a two-month delay caused by a Russian rocket failure.

Japan PM mocked on Internet over model explanation

Toukyo - Japanese Twitter users were howling in derision Wednesday after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used paper models and cut-out firefighters on television, in his latest attempt to explain controversial security legislation.

Japan zoo takes on cockroach PR role

Toukyo - A Japanese zoo is trying to do the impossible -- improve the image of cockroaches, putting on an exhibition of one of the world's most hated insects.

Japan defence paper slams China's 'coercive' maritime demands

Toukyo - Japan on Tuesday slammed Beijing's bid to reclaim land in the South China Sea as a "coercive attempt" to force sweeping maritime claims, in a defence paper that comes as Tokyo is expanding the role of its own military.

Japan's Mitsubishi apologizes to US prisoners of war

Los Angeles - Japan's Mitsubishi Materials made a landmark apology to US prisoners of war forced to work in its mines during World War II, seven decades after the conflict.

Interview with Shaun Ryder of the Happy Mondays Special

Famed for their hedonistic lifestyle and upbeat tunes, the Happy Mondays became a musical force to be reckoned with in the late 1980s, early 1990s. Now they're back with the original lineup.

Fearing backlash over cost, Abe scraps Olympic stadium plans

Tokyo - Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe announced on Friday he was scrapping plans for the controversial Olympic national stadium in Tokyo.

China warns Japan against 'crippling regional peace'

Bejing - China on Thursday urged Tokyo to avoid "crippling regional peace and security", after the lower house of Japan's parliament passed bills that could see Japanese troops fight abroad for the first time since World War II.

Typhoon Nangka lashes Japan, killing two, triggering floods

Toukyo - Powerful Typhoon Nangka lashed Japan on Friday, killing at least two people and triggering floods as authorities urged more than 230,000 residents to evacuate.

Japan lawmakers pass security bills despite public anger

Toukyo - Controversial security bills that opponents say will undermine 70 years of pacifism and could see Japanese troops fighting abroad for the first time since World War II passed through the powerful lower house of parliament Thursday.

Japan PM pushes bill to expand role of military

Toukyo - There were chaotic scenes inside Japan's normally orderly parliament Wednesday as opposition lawmakers thronged a committee room in an unsuccessful bid to block Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's controversial security bills.

Typhoon Chan-hom makes 'landfall' in eastern China

Shanghai - Typhoon Chan-hom made landfall in eastern China on an island near the city of Ningbo late Saturday afternoon, the government said.

Typhoon lashes Japan islands and Taiwan, heading to China

Toukyo - Typhoon Chan-hom lashed Japan's Okinawa island chain on Friday as it pushed towards Taiwan and onto China, leaving at least 23 people injured.

'No fear' as astronauts gear up for delayed trip to ISS

Russia - Three astronauts set to travel to the International Space Station this month Wednesday voiced faith in Russia's space programme despite a delay to their trip caused by the failed launch of a cargo ship.

Arrested ex-Toyota exec Julie Hamp to be released without charges

Kyodo - Prosecutors in Tokyo plan to release Julie Hamp, a former Toyota Motor Corp. executive, from custody on Wednesday. Hamp was arrested last month on suspicion of illegally importing Oxycodone, a painkiller, into Japan.

World's oldest man dies at 112 in Japan

Toukyo - The world's oldest man, Sakari Momoi, has died in Japan at the ripe old age of 112, an official said Tuesday.

Dread and domination in Chinese memories of war

Bejing - Almost eight decades since Yan Guiru was gripped by terror as shells rained on her Beijing neighbourhood in the opening salvos of war between China and Japan, she recalls with horror a conflict Communist leaders still use to legitimise their rule.

Japan hails new UNESCO listing despite Korean qualms

Toukyo - Japan on Monday celebrated the inscription of Meiji-era industrial sites on UNESCO's World Heritage list, despite initial opposition from Seoul over the use of forced Korean labourers in the early 20th century.

Japan's Meiji industrial sites win UN world heritage status

Berlin - The UN's cultural body on Sunday conferred world heritage status on a number of new sites including some seen as representative of Japan's industrial revolution, as South Korea lifted its opposition to the listing.

Japan joins US-Australia war games amid China tensions

Sydney - The United States and Australia kicked off a massive joint biennial military exercise on Sunday, with Japan taking part for the first time as tensions with China over territorial rows loom over the drills.

Veterans gather as Taiwan marks 70 years since Japan's WWII defeat

Hsinchu - War veterans gathered Saturday for Taiwan's first military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Japan in World War II, as the island vies with China over the history of the conflict.

Solar Impulse sets record but faces 'difficult' hours

Los Angeles - A solar-powered plane on the riskiest leg of a round-the-globe bid is closing in on Hawaii after a record-breaking flight which has tested its exhausted pilot to the limit in "difficult" conditions.

Japan to defy world opinion, set to begin whaling in Antarctic Special

Going against the tide of public opinion and an international court ruling, Japan's whaling boats will head for the Southern Ocean. A chief negotiator for whaling decisions told reporters that the country will resume whaling in Antarctica in Dec. 2015.
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